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Bills MEIC Support | Bills MEIC Oppose
HB 486 - Prohibiting Pipelines From Crossing Under Streams and Lakes

This bill prohibits pipelines (10 inches or more in diameter) from transporting fossil fuels under navigable bodies of water (like lakes, streams, and rivers). Pipelines located underwater threatens water quality and makes it more difficult to stop leaks, as some crude oils sink and do not float. This bill also requires rules to be adopted for special castings, […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Bill Tabled in in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on February 24th. | Official legislative site

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HB 363 - Onerous Permitting Process for Clean Energy

Update: MEIC worked to kill this bill. It was tabled in committee on February 17th. This bill would direct the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to establish an onerous renewable energy permitting, decommissioning and remediation program. This bill makes an uneven playing field for renewable energy sources because: 1. No other large energy generation sources, […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Bill Tabled in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on February 17th. (Dead) | Official legislative site

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SB 078 - Attack on Net Metering Rates

SB 78 attacks solar energy development in Montana by mandating changes to rules that are currently set by the experts at the Public Service Commission (PSC), including: Mandating net metering credits be valued at avoided cost. “Avoided cost” is a specific ratemaking method that was designed for use with large, centralized power plants that remain in […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Tabled in House Energy Committee. (Passed Senate 30-19.) | Official legislative site

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HB 593 - Bonding and Independent Auditing for Mines

This bill would require that mines proposed in sulfide ore bodies post a bond that is 50% greater than the amount normally required. Sulphide ore bodies are the precursor to acid mine drainage, a chemical process that has been the death sentence for several of Montana’s rivers and streams. This bill will also require that […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in committee on March 22nd. Blast motion in House failed. | Official legislative site

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SB 038 - A Defective and Costly Energy Transition Bill

This bill would penalize the owners for the Colstrip plant for deciding to close Units 1 & 2. The bill imposes a $60 million+ penalty on the two Colstrip owners for agreeing to close two of the four units at the plant.

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Tabled in Committee on March 23rd. | Official legislative site

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SB 037 - A Bad Energy Transition Bill

This bill creates an complex and expensive tangle of requirements for the owners of the Colstrip plant when they close the facility. The bill causes conflict with existing remediation requirements for the Colstrip plant and would allow the plant owners to self-bond for their cleanup liabilities. The bill takes a good idea and morphs it […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Bill Tabled in Senate Natural Resources Committee on February 8th. | Official legislative site

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HB 193 - Protecting Consumers From Utility Bill Hikes

This bill would eliminate NorthWestern Energy’s ability to automatically increase its customer rates when an electric generating plant – such as Colstrip – breaks down. This bill provides the MT Public Service Commission the ability to scrutinize the costs that the utility tries passes on to its customers.

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Bill Tabled in Senate Energy and Telecommunications on March 28th. (Passed House, 68-32.) | Official legislative site

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SB 098 - A Radical Takings Proposal

This bill is an extreme “takings” bill that attempts to force state and local governments to pay a property owner any time a regulation decreases the value of their property regardless of the need to protect public health, safety and welfare. Similar measures have been defeated in previous legislative sessions because these takings bills try […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Bill Missed Transmittal Deadline. Indefinitely Postponed in Senate on February 22nd. | Official legislative site

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HB 242 - Constitutional Amendment to Establish Natural Resources Trust Fund

This bill would revise the coal tax trust fund to include a small percentage of revenue from the oil and gas production tax. The coal tax trust fund would be renamed the Natural Resources Trust Fund, and the amount of taxes diverted into the trust fund from the oil and gas production tax would increase […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Tabled in House Taxation on January 27th. | Official legislative site

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SB 109 - Expanding MEPA’s Reach

This bill would restore the review process of the Montana Environmental Policy Act so that when agencies conduct environmental impact statements they can analyze and disclose to the public the environmental impacts that may occur beyond Montana’s borders.    

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Bill Tabled in Senate Natural Resources on February 8th. | Official legislative site

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